Westport puts brakes on Lions

ELIZABETHTOWN - Westport demonstrated why they are one of the top teams in the conference Jan. 5 with a 50-9 win over Elizabethtown-Lewis in MVAC girls basketball.

The Eagles went on a 12-0 run before allowing Elizabethtown its first basket mid-way through the second quarter. They would extend their lead to as much as 18, and went into halftime ahead 23-6.

Westport created many turnovers with their high-pressure defense and rebounded well on both ends of the floor. Crisp passing on offense sparked many opportunities for open shooters who were able to convert with mid-range jumpers.

"We played good team defense throughout the game," said Westport head coach Hokey McKinley. "The girls had been working hard on it and just kept plugging away, and that's the secret to our success."

The Lions limited their turnovers - and Westport's scoring - in the third quarter, but continued to struggle on offense. Clare Harwood's 3-pointer would account for their entire second half points.

Kearstin Ashline, Kylee Cassavaugh, and Shonna Brooks each had a field goal for Elizabethtown, who were without the inside presence of senior Cassie Jones.

In the final period, the Eagles extended their lead with a 21-0 run. Martha McKinley added eight points in the quarter to bring her total to 13. She also finished with five steals.

Christina Sherman defended well for Westport in the backcourt and finished with 12 points. Kalika Hopkins added six points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

Westport 50, Elizabethtown-Lewis 9

1 2 3 4 - F

Westport 10 13 6 21 - 50

ELCS 0 6 3 0 - 9

Westport (50)

Armitage 0-0-0, Carroll 0-0-0, Frum 2-0-4, Hopkins 2-2-6, Ma. McKinley 3-1-7, Wi. McKinley 5-3-13, Rodriguez 4-0-8, Al. Sherman 0-0-0, Ch. Sherman 6-0-12. Totals: 22-6-50

Elizabethtown-Lewis (9)

Ashline 1-0-2, Brooks 1-0-2, Cassavaugh 1-0-2, Harwood 1-0-3, LeVien 0-0-0, Jen McGinn 0-0-0, Jess McGinn 0-0-0, Provost 0-0-0, Whalen 0-0-0. Totals: 4-0-9.

Three Pointers: Harwood, E-L, (1)

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